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The Perfect Match

Electric Assist and Recumbent Cycle: Perfectly Made for Each Other!

No other type of bicycle is as perfectly compatible with electric motors as a recumbent bike or trike. Why, is obvious: The ease of pedaling in the ergonomic sitting position makes the ride even more pleasant. The built-in aerodynamic advantage of your recumbent bike or trike can also be leveraged electrically. Less drag means more range. As a unique safety advantage our E-Trikes (electric tricycles) can be equipped with a turn signal!

Depending on which electric drive system on the bike or trike you pedal, a powerful motor supports you up to four times your pedaling power, depending on the system. With a smile on your face, you can climb the local mountain with a trailer or drive to work quickly and effortlessly.

Especially remarkable is that the perfect pedaling experience does not change with the motor. Thanks to HP Velotechnik programming and impeccable engineering, there is no stuttering, no noise, and no delicate throttle. The e-drive is very safe and the support only starts when you want it to. It starts as soon as you pedal and ends subtly through electronic sensors when the trike reaches 25 km/h (16 mph) respectively for USA 32 km/h (20 mph, Class 1 electric bicycle).

This pre-programmed top speed allows your E-Bike or E-Trike to legally conform to a Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) in Europe. It can be ridden in most EU countries without registration, helmet, or license plate. Once over 25 km/h (16 mph), your electric recumbent basically rides like a normal bicycle. (Higher supported speeds up to 45 km/h respectively 28 mph can be reached with our Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec and Speedmachine S-Pedelec)

The light weight of the electric recumbent allows a normal riding feeling, even when the battery is drained. When climbing, our trikes have in addition the advantage that they keep their track even at slower speeds. If you stop at a traffic light, you even don’t need to set foot on the ground!

Drive Systems With Character

We Provide Extra Power for Your Trike

Find a solution tailored precisely to your needs.

You have the choice, because these four different drive systems provide extra power on your recumbent: either the extremely quiet hub motor Z20 from Neodrives in the rear wheel or one of the three bottom bracket motors from Shimano’s STEPS series,which are transformed in the recumbent bike from a middle to a front engine.

For each of our electric motors up to two gear options are available to perfectly match the additional electrical power. This also applies to the Neodrives Z20 RS, which is available as a separate option exclusively for our Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec and Speeedmachine S-Pedelec.

Each of these four powerhouses has its own character – just like you. This enables us to offer you a solution that is exactly tailored to your needs. All systems have in common the low centre of gravity of the battery. The E-Trikes can also accommodate a second battery. Just like a mini-dashboard the ergonomically arranged, easy-to-read operating elements facilitate the rider’s technical monitoring. You reach your destination relaxed, no matter if you want to leave the traffic jam behind or take a big tour with heavy luggage.

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Our Electric Drives

Four powerful e-drive motors together with two alternative gear systems = eight distinctive combinations

Which electric drive suits me best?

neodrives Z20 and Shimano STEPS in comparison

Smooth and comfortable: The STEPS E5000 has a very harmonious feel with a torque of 40 Nm. In combination with the 8-speed Sram X4 derailleur, you have a good companion for relaxed tours in moderately demanding terrain. If, on the other hand, you often drive in hilly terrain or in the city with frequent starts and stops, the STEPS E6100 with 60 Nm and the Nexus Di2 automatic transmission from Shimano is the perfect choice. The rear hub shifts fully automatically and thus offers maximum comfort and safety: You can fully concentrate on the road without having to think about shifting gears.

If you want endless power on the mountain or want to turn your trike into a packhorse, you will quickly become a fan of the STEPS EP801 Cargo system with 85 newton meters. Regardless of the torque specifications, which can only be compared to a limited extent, the most important factor for many people is how much thrust the engine develops at low speeds. Here, the EP801 Cargo version and the Neodrives hub motor go head-to-head. Beyond all power comparisons, the Neodrives Z20 scores with a highly sensitively tuned driving behavior.  Nature lovers will appreciate the practically inaudible power plant in the rear wheel.

In contrast to hub motors, the bottom bracket drive doesn’t know the meaning of overheating when driving slowly on a very steep mountain. On those uphill grades, you are always well protected with Shimano STEPS. By the way:comfortable uphill riding is an established engineering domain of our stable trikes.

All four electric assist systems offer impressive ranges. Invest even less thought into the location of your next power outlet with our optional extra battery. Neodrives wins the comfort rating in this exciting area. Instead of switching batteries, you simply switch a single cable.

Technical data

Facts & figures about our electric drives

Shimano
STEPS E5000
Shimano
STEPS E6100
Shimano
STEPS EP801 Cargo
neodrives
Z20
neodrives
Z20 RS
Available for
all tricycles except S-Pedelec
all tricycles except S-Pedelec
all tricycles except S-Pedelec
all two- and three-wheelers except S-Pedelec
Support
up to 25 km/h (16 mph, US-version 20 mph)
up to 25 km/h (16 mph, US-version 20 mph)
up to 25 km/h (16 mph, US-version 20 mph)
up to 25 km/h (16 mph, US-version 20 mph)
up to 45 km/h (28 mph)
Push assist
up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
up to 4 km/h (2.5 mph)
up to 4 km/h (2.5 mph)
Reverse gear*
up to 3 km/h (1.8 mph), only for trikes
Range**
up to 189 km (117 miles)
(up to 463 km / 288 miles with additional battery, folding function restricted)
up to 177 km (110 miles)
(up to 433 km / 269 miles with additional battery, folding function restricted)
tbc.***
(range with additional battery tbc., folding limited)
up to 136 km (84 miles)
up to 60 km (37 miles)
(up to 120 km / 75 miles with additional battery, folding function restricted)
Force amplification
3 levels: Eco / Normal / High
3 levels: Eco / Normal / High
3 levels: Eco / Trail / Boost
5 levels
5 levels
Noise level
silent bottom bracket motor
silent bottom bracket motor
very silent bottom bracket motor
extremely silent hub motor
extremely silent hub motor
Max. torque
40 Nm (at the front motor)
60 Nm (at the front motor)
85 Nm (at the front motor)
40 Nm (at the rear wheel)
40 Nm (at the rear wheel)
Rated power
250 W
250 W
250 W
250 W
400 W
Maximum power
420 W
400 W
600 W
450 W
1000 W
Support
up to 200 %
up to 200 %
up to 400 %
up to 300 %
up to 400 %
Battery
Shimano 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
Shimano 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
Shimano 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
BMZ 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
BMZ 48 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
Energy content
418 Wh
418 Wh
418 Wh
576 Wh
651 Wh
Battery weight
2,6 kg (5.7 lbs)
2,6 kg (5.7 lbs)
2,6 kg (5.7 lbs)
3,5 kg (7.7 lbs)
4,2 kg (9.2 lbs)
Battery life
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
Charger
Shimano 2 A
Shimano 2 A
Shimano 2 A
BMZ fast charger 4 A
BMZ fast charger 4 A
Charging time
6,5 hours (3,5 hours 80%) without memory effect
6,5 hours (3,5 hours 80%) without memory effect
6,5 hours (3,5 hours 80%) without memory effect
4 hours without memory effect
4,5 hours without memory effect
Charger weight
0,5 kg (1.1 lbs)
0,5 kg (1.1 lbs)
0,5 kg (1.1 lbs)
0,85 kg (1.9 lbs)
1,08 kg (2.4 lbs)
Additional weight
ca. 8,2 kg (18.1 lbs)
ca. 8,5 kg (18.7 lbs)
ca. 8,1 kg (17.9 lbs)
ca. 8,7 kg (19.2 lbs)
Display
black&white display above the handlebar grip (Top View)
black&white display above the handlebar grip (Top View)
colour display above the handlebar grip (Top View)
colour display above the handlebar grip (Top View) or to the side
colour display above the handlebar grip (Top View) or to the side
Drivetrain
Sram X4 8-speed Derailleur gearing
twist grip
20″: 44 / 11–34 teeth
26″: 38 / 11–34 teeth
Shimano Nexus Di2 8-speed rear wheel internal gear hub
20″: 44 / 18 teeth
26″: 44 / 23 teeth
Shimano Cues Di2 10-speed Derailleur gearing
(electric) with button
20″: 50 / 11–43 teeth
26″: 44 / 11–43 teeth
(Scorpion fs 26 Enduro: 38 / 11–43 teeth)
Sram 30-speed Derailleur gearing
Bar end shifters
20″: 60-52-40 / 11–36 teeth
26″: 52-42-30 /11–36 teeth
Sram 30-speed Derailleur gearing
Bar end shifters
52-42-30 / 11–36 teeth
Drivetrain (alternatively)
Shimano Nexus Di2 8-speed automat. rear wheel internal gear hub
Rohloff
14-speed rear wheel internal gear hub
Pinion C1.12
12-speed internal gear transmission
Pinion C1.12
12-speed internal gear transmission
Extras
optionally with big battery pack (630 Wh) and fast charger (4 A; 2,5 hours: 50 %); on option additional battery (630 Wh) Bluetooth interface
optionally with big battery pack (630 Wh) and fast charger (4 A; 2,5 hours: 50 %); on option additional battery (630 Wh) Bluetooth interface
optionally with big battery pack (630 Wh) and fast charger (4 A; 2,5 hours: 50 %); on option additional battery (630 Wh) Bluetooth interface with Fine tune mode
Touchscreen, USB interface, Bluetooth interface, on option additional battery (576 Wh)
Touchscreen, USB interface, Bluetooth interface, on option additional battery (576 Wh)

* Function requires initial backward movement.

** Range as stated by manufacturer:
Shimno STEPS E5000, E6100 and EP801 Cargo: support mode Eco, flat terrain, 23 km/h, system weight 105 kg (231 lbs),
outside temperature 23°, without electric gearing and light (standard battery with 418 Wh).
Neodrives Z20: 100 W rider input, support level 1, flat terrain, smooth roads, 70 kg (154 lbs) payload incl. rider; Neodrives Z20 RS: support level 3 in optimal
conditions (flat terrain, temperature 20°, even ride, pedalling power driver 80 W, speed 39 km/h (24,2 mph); with support level 5 up to about 40 km (24.9 miles).

*** Manufacturer’s information was not yet available.